Bina Roy and Madhubala

1. Madhubala and Premnath first film together was Badal (1951). On the first day of the shooting, Madhubala entered makeup room of Premnath and quickly handed him a fully blossomed red rose and a note. Puzzled Premnath read the note which said that if you love me, please accept the rose, otherwise return it. Premnath was stunned. Without hesitation, Premnath accepted the rose and tucked it into the button hole of his coat and said to Madhubala Kubool hai, kubool hai (meaning I accept it, accept it). Later the same Premnath fell in love with Bina Rai at the sets of Aurat (1953) and married her.

2. Madhubala was cast in the title role of Anarkali in K.Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam when Nargis walked out of the film. At the same time Filmistan’s Anarkali was announced with Bina playing the title role of Anarkali. The film was released in 1953 and was a huge success while Mughal-e-Azam was delayed for another 7 years!

3. Mughal-e-Azam was released in 1960 and was a huge success.  But, the Filmfare Award for Best Actress went to Bina Roy for her role in Ghoonghat. A very unfair decision considering the fact that Madhubala was one of the nominees for Best Actress Award for her brilliant role in Mughal-e-Azam (1960).

4. Even though Madhubala is considered the most beautiful Hindi film heroine ever, actress Shyama revealed that she and most of her colleagues, in fact, considered Bina Rai to be the most beautiful heroine in Hindi filmdom in their time, ahead of Madhubala!

I wonder if Madhubala knew that she kept on loosing to Bina Roy in what we call strange coincidences…